Geometric object with magnitude (length) and direction.

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Coulomb's law with an $r^3$, not $r^2$, in the denominator [duplicate]

I am reading an older physics book that my professor gave me. It is going over Coulomb's law and Gauss' theorem. However, the book gives both equations with an $r^3$, not $r^2$, in the denominator. ...
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Co-ordinate rotations

I need help transforming a magnetic field vector from one co-ordinate system to another. I have the components of the Earth's magnetic field in a co-ordinate system with z facing radially into the ...
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How does one write Newtons 2nd Law using the language of forms?

Newton's second law says that $F=ma$. Supposing that the force is conservative and can thus be expressed in terms of a potential $V$ we have that $F=-dV$. We have that $V$, being a function, can ...
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A way to determine if a body accelerates or loses speed at a certain time

With given vectors for acceleration and velocity, is there a way to determine if a body accelerates or decelerates at a certain time-interval? Can this be determined, for instance, by simply observing ...
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Explain how $\Delta v_{\perp}=v\Delta\theta$

In The Feynman lectures, under the chapter entitled Vectors, Feynman writes: My two intimately related questions are: 1) What does he mean by the magnitude of velocity? is he talking about the ...
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Why would the norm of these vectors be 1?

Let a Cartesian coordinate system $uOx$ coincides with a vertical plane so that $Ou$ is the horizontal axis and $Ox$ is the axis oriented vertically upwards (see Fig. 1). We are looking for the smooth ...
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Vector product in a 4-dimensional Minkowski spacetime

I'm studying relativity and I lost track of interpretation along the mathematical formalism. What does vector product mean as an event? I mean, how must one interpret the result of the vector product ...
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resultant of 3 vectors along sides of equilateral triangle [closed]

It is a homework problem, but I really don't quite understand the question. It reads- "3 forces of magnitudes 10N, 20N, and 30N acting on a point are parallel to the sides of an equilateral triangle, ...
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Does spacetime position not form a four-vector?

When one starts learning about physics, vectors are presented as mathematical quantities in space which have a direction and a magnitude. This geometric point of view has encoded in it the idea that ...
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What does it mean by saying the generators of translations transform as vectors under the Lorentz Group?

The commutator of generators of Lorentz transformation and translation is as follow: $$[M^{\mu\nu},P^\sigma]=i(P^\mu\eta^{\nu\sigma}-P^\nu\eta^{\mu\sigma} ).$$ Then from this we usually say that the ...
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Are perpendicular components special in vectors?

We can split a vector (velocity/displacement vector) along any two directions as long as the resultant of the oblique components of the vector is same as my original vector. Similarly if we have to ...
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Clarifying some notation, the square of a vector derivative

I'm reading a text which asserts that, if $\vec{F}(\vec{x})=-\nabla V(\vec{x})$ then we define $$E = \frac{m}{2} \left( \frac{d\vec{x}}{dt}\right)^2-V(\vec{x}) \, .$$ However, I don't understand how ...
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Is $\left|\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}\right| = \frac{d|\vec{r}|}{dt}\;$?

Is magnitude of instantaneous velocity same as instantaneous speed? More specifically, is $$\left|\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}\right| = \frac{d|\vec{r}|}{dt}\; $$ Also Is it wrong to say that $\dfrac{d|\vec{...
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Can we have physical quantities which have magnitude and direction but are not vectors?

I am not able to understand how to approach the question. Vectors are defined as quantities having magnitude and direction, then how is it possible? Please explain.
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Problem with velocity vector [closed]

Question: The radius vector of a point depends on time $t$, as $\vec{r} = \vec{c}t+\dfrac{\vec{b}t^2}{2}$ where $c$ and $b$ are constant vectors. Find the magnitude of velocity. My attempt : $$\...
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How do we calculate instantaneous velocity in 2D?

Suppose a body is moving with a constant speed of $10~\mathrm{ms^{-1}}$ in negative $x$ direction in $x$-$y$ plane. Let $\vec r$ be the position vector. Then what will be the instantaneous velocity ...
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Clarification on meaning of scalar in math and scalar in physics

When a mathematician says something is a scalar, say on the plane, they mean that it associates to points on the plane real numbers. When a physicist says something is a scalar, they mean that if we ...
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Dirac notation and column representation

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$ I am facing difficulty in understanding how the right hand side is coming in equation A below In $H$ of dimention 4, the vector $$ \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}} \ket{01}...
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Why perpendicular vectors do not share components?

I just can picture it in my mind or on paper. Can someone explain it with examples? This is the key idea behind the uniform circular motion: if the force has a component in direction of the object's ...
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How to find Tangential/Radial/Angular Velocity for motion in any curve?

Is the radial velocity responsible only for changing distance between objects and the component perpendicular to it only for change in direction? If so why? Please try to give a different explanation ...
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Angle between vector and $x$-axis [closed]

I have to find to component of vector DE having magnitude 1 m .now the vector is in 4th quad making angle 90 degree with postive x axis The solution that my teacher showed is ax=1cos(270) .and ay = ...
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Gauss' Law and area vector

Recently I've been doing some physics exercises on electric and magnetic fields and read up somewhere that the vector area of a closed surface is equal to zero. That made me wonder why, when using ...
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Is it better to walk or run when there is rain? [duplicate]

When I was coming from school to my house, there was heavy rain. Then one of my friends said "Don't simply walk, run fast". Then the question came to my mind: how should I go so as to avoid wetting: ...
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Why do we need both dot product and cross product?

I was looking for an intuitive definition for dot product and cross product. I have found two similar quesitions in SO, but I am not satisfied with the answers. Finally I found a possible answer here. ...
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Cross product and the right hand rule - what is the intuition behind it? [duplicate]

I understand that by convention, the cross product is defined to be the vertical projection of vector $A$ on $B$ in the case of $A \times B$. But the vertical projection of $A$ on $B$ would still be ...
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What is a diffusionless fluid?

I'm taking a course in astrophysical fluid dynamics and have come across a problem involving "small diffusionless disturbances" of a fluid. Based on the nature of the course I expect the examiner to ...
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Velocity of a car in circular circuit [closed]

Prior apology for any violation of rules and regulation and poor expression of question. Statement: A racing car moves along a circular circuit with a constant speed of $20\text{ms}^{-1}$ in 5 ...
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Can't we assign any other direction for instantaneous angular velocity except along the axis of rotation? [duplicate]

We specify the direction of instantaneous angular velocity using the right hand thumb rule. I just want to know that is it just a matter of convention or we don't have any other direction for it to be ...
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how to rotate scaled-vector (orientation) by scaled-vector (rotation)

Recently I seem to have gotten the physics-engine portion of my 3D simulation/game engine [apparently] working correctly. The most convenient way to store and compute position and orientation are in ...
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Work = Force x Distance vs Displacement

The difference in using Distance vs Displacement is demonstrated in this example: Work = Force x Distance If I carry an object to and fro 10 metres, the work done would be Force x 20 metres. ...
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Notation of vectors

It's very common to see $\text{F} = 30 \text{ N}$ when the problem is unidimensional. Yet, force is a vector. Shouldn't I write $|\overrightarrow{F}| = 30 \text{ N}$? Because if I write $\...
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Sign of Gaussian surface that encloses negative charge

I can't solve a contradiction that have appeared in my head. Let's assume we have a negative charge, if we enclose it by a spherical surface and $A$ is surface of the sphere, then we will have $$\...
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What is the Vector/Cross Product?

I have decided to start learning physics before I am required to take the class in 11th grade so that I will be ahead of my classmates. I found a cheap physics book on amazon and ordered it but ...
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What's the physical meaning of change in momentum vector?

If I there is a initial momentum of 10Ns upwards, and final momentum of 10Ns to the right, I can find the difference in momentum by drawing a triangle and finding the resultant vector. But, how is ...
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Deriving cross product from angular momentum algebra

Is it possible to derive: \begin{equation} \hat{L}=\hat{r}\times \hat{p} \end{equation} from the angular momentum algebra: \begin{equation} [\hat{L}_i,\hat{L}_j]=i\ \hbar\ \epsilon_{ijk}\hat{L}_k\ ? \...
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Why is parallel component of velocity along position vector considered rate of change of position?

If you have a position vector and a velocity vector of a particle, then the component of velocity vector along position vector is the rate of change of distance of the particle from the reference ...
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what does magnetic field vector mean?

I am trying to understand what a magnetic field vector tells us about the magnetic field. I understood that a vector is just a representation of a point and how much it is moved in x,y and z direction ...
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Making sense out of covariance and contravariance

I just read about co- and contravariant vectors and I am not sure that I got it right: If we imagine that we have a n-dimensional manifold $M$ then a tangent space is spanned by the vectors $\...
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Is the flux through A the same as the flux through B?

In the figure below, the amount of field lines through A is the same as the amount of field lines through B, but can you say the flux through A is the same as the flux through B as well?
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Calculating uniform angles between 2 vectors [closed]

If I have two vectors, say: [100] and [101] and I want to calculate two angles between them, uniformly distributed, would it just be: [1 0 0.33] and [1 0 0.66]? So, [100] = 0 degrees [101] = 45 ...
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How do I show $e_r$ and its first- and second time derivative?

What does a charge q moving in a circular orbit with a constant velocity (a "rotating charge") and a stationary observer that measures the E field look like? And how do I show $e_r$ and its first- and ...
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Derivation of Jefimenko's Equation in Jackson's EMT book

I have been trying to understand the derivation of Jefimenko's equation in Jackson on p.246-247 which can be seen in the photographs attached. First of all I did not fully comprehend the ...
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Why taking components of a component of a vector is invalid?

Suppose there's a force $F$ of magnitude 10 newtons in the direction of positive y-axis acting on a particle A. I know that the particle would not experience any force in the positive x-direction ...
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Finding the magnitude of Two Vectors [closed]

Vector C has a magnitude 23.4 m and is in the direction of the negative y-axis. Vectors A and B are at angles α = 44.4° and β = 27.7° up from the x-axis respectively. If the vector sum A+B+C = 0, what ...
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Direction of electric field lines and electrostatic force

Direction of electric field and electrostatic force should be same by the equation $$\vec{F} = \frac{k q q_0}{r^2}$$ Electric Field $$\vec{E} = \frac{k q}{r^2}$$ Let us suppose that there is a ...
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When does $\mathbf n\times(\nabla V_2-\nabla V_1)=0$ imply $V_1=V_2$

I was reading a paper on electrohydrodynamics which has the following sentence (in my own words): At the interface/boundary, the requirement of continuity of the tangential component of the ...
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How to find one of the vectors when we know the other, the angle between the vectors and the result? [closed]

We're given that the result of the two vectors $a$ and $5$ is $7$ and the angle between the two vectors $5$ and $a$ is $60$ $degrees$. How do we calculate the of the vector $a$ ? I used $R^2 = P^2 + ...
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ϕ-component of equation of moition: proving a relationship [closed]

I have the following velocity vector (in spherical polars): \begin{equation} \textbf{v} = u \hat{\textbf{r}} + v_{\phi}\hat{\boldsymbol\phi} \end{equation} Where $u(r) = u$ and $v_{\phi} (r) = v_{\phi}...
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Tension on a string

A string is attached at both extremities and put under tension $T_0$ at rest. We know that if we pull the string upwards from the middle, the tension will increase. But why is it that, admittedly, $$T\...
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Difference between Speed and Velocity

What is the difference between Speed, Velocity and Acceleration? Could any one describe it pictorially?. I am more over confused even after investigating many times. I am unable to relate myself ...